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expected to announce the nomination of counterterrorism adviser john brennan to head the cia. he was a rumored pick for the job when obama was first elected in 2008, but was forced to withdraw from consideration amidst protests over his role at the cia under the bush administration. brennan has publicly supported this tsa's policies of so- called enhanced interrogation techniques and extraordinary rendition. he was the first obama administration official to publicly confirm drone attacks overseas and to defend their legalities. war on expected nominations of chuck hagel and john brennan after the headlines. the obama administration reportedly is considering keeping a residual force between three and 9000 troops in afghanistan after the formal withdrawal date of 2014. the wall street journal cited the new figures after previous reports suggested the u.s. is mulling a troop deployment of up to 20,000. bahrain top court has upheld the convictions of 13 opposition leaders on allegations of plotting to overthrow the u.s.- backed regime. the activists were sentenced by military court i
john brennan. >> as president and commander in chief, my most solemn obligation is the security of the american people. we have met that responsibility. by ending the war in iraq, a transition to afghanistan, and decimating the al qaeda core, and taking out osama bin laden. by disrupting terrorist plots, saving countless american lives. among an outstanding team i am especially grateful to leon panetta who has lead the cia and our military. you have more than earned the right to return to civilian life. i have much more to say about his distinguished service in the days ahead. today i want to convey the eternal gratitude. thank you so much. i also want to thank michael who has earned the admiration of all of us who have worked with them all will across the government and here in the white house. in moments of transition he has guided the cia with a steady hand as acting director not once but twice. he is a consummate professional. everybody who works with him across agencies consider some truly to be one of our most outstanding national security team members. on behalf of all of
to publicly as drones. >> president obama prepares to nominate john brennan to head the cia. that the assassination czar, brennan has played a key role backing some of the most controversial post 9-eleven policies from the secret drone war to extraordinary rendition to wireless surveillance. we will look it the nomination for republican senator chuck hagel, fellow republicans have criticized him for views on iraq, iran, and israel. then, the steubenville rape case in ohio. >> we are anonymous. around mid august 2012, a party to present a small town in ohio known as steubenville. [indiscernible] kidnapping and rape of a 15- year-old girl. >> the hacker activist group anonymous has helped expose new details about a horrific high school gang rape case involving football players in ohio. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. up to 18 people have been killed in the latest u.s. drone attacks on pakistan's tribal areas. the strikes hit what pakistani officials described as separate compounds belonging
relationship that we all know between john brennan and the president. does this really supplant and change that whole reorganized new structure, the bureaucracy that some have said didn't work anyway? >> right. as we all know or those of us that have lived in this know this relationship has always been a little bit touchy between the dni and the director of the cia first with leon panetta and then with david petraeus because of that relationship to the white house. i actually think this one will work pretty well. i think he will let john run the cia, and he will let john dive into some of these detailed intelligence questions. it can be a little bit hard when the director of the cia who reports has had relationships with the white house, but ultimately i think that relationship to the white house is so important to the president for having the cia i don't think there's any way around that, and i think both john and jim who know each other well have worked together a lot. that should be really quite a positive relationship. >> this is hillary clinton getting a joke gift. that is protective
department and john brennan to take over at the cia. hamid karzai is coming to washington later this week, the headlines this morning about president obama's foreign policy agenda for 2013 -- we want to hear from you -- what are the challenges in 2013 on the foreign-policy front? the numbers are on your screen. send us a tweet or post your comments on facebook. also send us an e-mail. we are getting your reaction today to the nominations put out by the white house yesterday. president obama had a news conference to put forth chuck hegel as well as the john brennan. to head the cia. also, there are the headlines in the newspapers of syria, iran, peace in the middle east, etc so we want to get your take -- what to you think of foreign policy issues in 2013? here is some comments on our facebook page -- what is your take on this? we will get to your comments in a minute. the front page of "the washington post "- here is the front page of the huffington post this morning -- these are all the headlines in the huffington post this morning. about the nomination of chuck hagel for that position.
will be named. former senator chuck hagel for defense secretary and homeland security adviser john brennan for cia director. he has already picked senator john kerry as his nominee for secretary of state. president's choice, chuck hagel for defense secretary already coming under some fire. some republicans point to comments that hagel made back in 2007, that they perceive as anti-jewish. here is how south carolina lindsey graham described the decision to nominate hagel. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been calling out, trying to reach senators and get some support for hagel here. we're also hearing from jim acosta, trying to push back on this idea that he's anti-israel, that comments on the jewish lobby were po
member. she will take your questions about the nomination of john brennan to head the central intelligence agency. we will look at the nomination of senator chuck hagel to be secretary of defense with the foreign policy reuter. -- which the foreign policy writer. john talks about relations between the united states and afghanistan. "washington journal" is live on c-span every day at 7:00 eastern. >> i think cyber security remains a top priority because of the national-security implications. we saw that congress failed to reach an agreement in 2012. they remain far apart. the industry is opposed to any server security standards. >> another big issue will be implementing the incentive options to create more spectrum. the fcc is in the midst of working on that. some of the hot-button issues are unlicensed spectrum that powers wi-fi. >> net neutrality could be a big issue. the d.c. circuit is considering the rise in challenge -- verizon challenge to the rules. there are indications they have been skeptical of the sec authority. >> a look at the major technology issues of 2013 with
. >> john brennan, let's talk about him. why was he selected to take over the cia? guest: general petraeus had to resign in degrees -- disgrace after having an affair with his biographer. what president obama did was search for the closest to him. president obama likes tim. -- likes him. he has been part of all the crucial counter-terror operations united states is been doing along the -- around the world. he is right in the middle of all the secret stuff that the cia is doing. host: what are issues that critics may have with him? guest: the drone program is the main one. the justification of gone into countries and killing people to a process that is just not transparent and with the accountability standards if you actually tried someone or use the military. it is a little bit more of a structure. that is one thing. the other thing is, overall, the role of the cia in fighting the war on terror is just not well understood. that is something that will be covered in these confirmation hearings. >> a cake, for john brennan, a foreign-policy challenges in 2013 -- are they the same? guest: larg
. chuck hagel for secretary ever defense. and john brennan for director of the central intelligence agency. chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an american patriot. he enlisted in the army and volunteered for vietnam. as a young private and then sergeant, he served with honor along side his own brother. when chuck was hit by shrapnel, his brother saved him. when his brother was injured bay mine, chuck risked his life to pull him to safety. to this day, chuck bears the scars and shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. chuck hagel's leadership of our military would be historic. he would be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war. and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. as i saw during our visits together to afghanistan and iraq, in chuck hagel our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. they see one of their own. chuck's a champion of our troops and our veterans and our military families pch as a leader of the v.a., we thought to give our vetera
. >>> also, john brennan is the father of the drone policy in the u.s. why his nomination could actually be the most important announcement of the day. >>> and later, i'll explain more about why the republican threats to breach the debt ceiling is very scary, it will be about life after default. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] [ male announcer ] time and sales data. split-second stats. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ it's so close to the options floor... [ indistinct shouting, bell dinging ] ...you'll bust your brain box. ♪ all on thinkorswim from td ameritrade. ♪ >>> is the biggest national security threat facing the pentagon actually out of control spending? up next, why cutting the defense budget is job number one for the defense secretary, barney frank will be our next guest. >>> and later, the drama sounding the so-called trillion dollar coin. so, we all set? i've got two tickets to paradise! pack your bags, we'll leave tonight. uhh, it's next month, actually... eddie continues singing: to tickets to... paradiiiiiise! no four. remember? whoooa whooaa whooo! you k
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at this point. for the past four years john brennan has served as the president's top counterterrorism advisor at the white house. he will face questions about the administration's expanded drone assassination program. brennan has been the, at the forefront of that program. he was the first to come out in and publicly acknowledge it back in april of last year. brennan has been notably absent of any public discussions about benghazi for which he is likely to also face a degree of tough scrutiny. jenna? jenna: what, so that is for the head of the cia. these are big positions. let's move to the defense secretary as well. what can you tell us about the president's pick for defense secretary, the controversy down in d.c. surrounding potentially that choice? >> reporter: what has concerned both republicans and democrats, in terms of the choice of chuck hagel for defense secretary is essentially remarks that he made when he was in the senate about israel. in 2006 he gave an interview tomorrow toer middle east envoy aaron david miller. hagel said the following. >> the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of
hagel for secretary of defense, john brennan is director of the cia. chuck hagel is a leader our troops to desert. he is an american patriot. -- our troops deserve. he is an american patriot. he served with honor alongside his own brother. when he was hit by shrapnel his brother saved him. when is the other was injured by a mind, he risked his life to poland to safety. -- liked to pull him to safety. he bears the scars from battles but in our name. this would be historic. he would be the first person up enlisted rank to serve the secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries to the been wounded in war. the first vietnam veteran to leave the department. as i assaulting our business together, chuck hagel, our troops the character and strain. they see one of their own. he is a champion and our troops and military family. he thought to give our veterans the benefit they deserve. as head of the u.s. so he devoted himself to caring for our troops. having studied under the gi bill he helped lead the fight. having cochaired my and a.i.g. board he knows that our armed forces collect and lives
national security team yesterday. nominating chuck hagel to be secretary of defense and john brennan to be the next director of the c.i.a. the critics are already out with their sharp swords. they intend to do to chuck hagel what they were able to do to susan rice but it's not going to work this time because the white house is fighting back. they're already doing so. we've got to join that fight. we'll talk about that and a whole lot more. first, we get the latest, today's current news update, here she is, lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lisa. >> hey bill. welcome back. as bill mentioned obama's new appointments to his national security team are drawing some criticism from capitol hill. first off former senator chuck hagel who the president officially chose yesterday as his defense secretary. obama called him an american patriot and the leader our troops deserve. if confirmed hagel will be the first vietnam vet and the first enlisted soldier to become secretary of defense. republicans are criticizing the former senator for not having enough support for israel and not taking a ha
heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge8, obama said would be an outspoken advocate for severs men and women. and his business experience will help him prioritize pentagon spending cuts that everyone knows is coming. >> even though we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely guided by a our stlaj and keep the military the strongest fighting force. >> reporter: but it drew immediate fire. it was a 14-year-old comment about a diplomat being aggressively gay which hagel has apologized and his opposition in iraq and troop surge and independent
went before the cameras this week -- defense secretary nominee chuck hagel, c.i.a. choice john brennan. and today, hamid karzai, the president of afghanistan both he and the president were talking about the end of america's longest war. >> every day more afghans are stepping up and taking responsibility for their own security, and as they do, our troops will come home. and next year this long war will come to a responsible end. >> once the transition to afghan forces is completed, once the bulk of these international forces have withdrawn from afghanistan, we hope that the dividends of that transition economically to afghanistan will be beneficial to the afghan people and will not have adverse effects on afghan economy and the prosperity that we have gained in the past many years. gwen: taken together, what do the president's personnel choices tell us how he will deal with the challenges facing him in places like afghanistan? alexis? >> one of the things that i was thinking about when we heard these nominations and saw these -- and i'm including john kerry in this, too, for secretary o
democrats on capitol hill to get the votes he need? >>> enhanced interrogation. john brennan the president's pick to run the cia could face a lot of questions over his role in shaping counterterror policies during the bush administration and, frankly, with the drone wars of the obama years. >>> and then politics loses one of its best biographers, well, ever. saying good-bye to richard ben kramer, a man who knew what it takes better than anybody. >>> good morning from washington. it's tuesday, january 8th, 2013. this is "daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. my first reads of the morning. chuck hagel's nomination has set up a tough, new political fight for the white house. a fight president obama signaled he's ready to have over the plain spoken vietnam veteran. >> willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. even if it defied the conventional wisdom. that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security team. >> under fire for his past statements about israel and iran. hagel is now speaking out. told his hometown newspaper "lincoln journal star." the distersions about my record h
's begin with the pick of john brennan. why do you think the president chose him? what does this job entail? guest: he has been in the catbird seat for four years. he was going to be the pick four years ago and his name was withdrawn at the last minute. as the guy in the white house, he managed our counter- terrorism program. he worked well with president obama. he is the guy obama trust most and this is a sensitive post at a very sensitive time. i think it is an extremely good appointment. host: what does the job entailed? guest: the director of the cia is different than what was before 2004. in 2004, four of us in congress, led the fight for intelligent reform and we've restructured our intelligence committee after the bad intelligence on iraq to have a joint commander. person is called the director of national intelligence. the current one is james clapper, a former three-star military man from the pentagon. under him are 16 intelligence agencies and the cia is one of those before that, the director of central intelligence had nominally have the coordination role. now, the cia is one of
nominee john brennan and incoming secretary of state john kerry represent a shift in the way the u.s. wages war and the president's attempts to put an imprint on u.s. foreign policy. today, hagel will have his first chance to publicly respond to his critics, in a 112-page questionnaire requested by the committee, hagel begins to do that on iran and israel. this is what he said in the questionnaire, and he'll be questioned about this today. on the questionnaire, i am committed to considering all options to counter iran and its aggression and to maintain u.s. support for missile defense systems in israel. translation, he's for unilateral military action if necessary against iran. more. "if iran continues to flout its international obligations, it should continue to face severe and growing consequences. while there is time and space for diplomacy, backed by pressure, the window is closing." this is what he says on gay rights in the questionnaire, "i fully support gay and lesbian women serving openly in the u.s. military and am committed to a full implementation of the repeal of don't
, and john brennan for director of the central intelligence agency. now, chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an american patriot, he enlisted in the army and volunteered for vietnam. as a young private and then a sergeant, he served with honor alongside his own brother. when chuck was hit by schrapnel, his brother saved him. when his brother was injured by a mine, chuck risked his life to pull him to safety. to this day chuck bears the scars and the schrapnel from battles fought in our name. and chuck's leadership of our military will be historic. he'd he be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war, and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. i saw during our visits together in afghanistan and iraq, chuck hagel, our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. they see one of their own. chuck's a champion of our troops and our veterans, and our military families. as a leader of the va, he fought to give our veterans the benefits they deserved. as head of the
announcing cia director will be john brennan today. that's coming out at 1:00. they clearly leaked that announcement to take the heat off the chuck hagel kerfuffle. in washington, no one's talking about it, though. they're talking about rg3. >> do you think it's going to happen for chuck hagel? >> yes, i do. it's going to be a spirited confirmation process, but i think it will happen. >> cnn newsroom with carol costello begins now. we'll see everyone else back here tomorrow morning. sorry. next time, charles. good morning, carol. >> good morning. thanks a lot. >>> here's what's happening in the newsroom. a war hero and washington politics. former senator chuck hagel may need the war survival skills as one-time allies rally against his pending nomination as defense secretary. >> my wife is a hero. she protected her kids. she did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner. >>> a georgia man praising his wife after she fought back against an intruder. gun rights advocates say we told you so. >>> rg3 down and out. the redskins have replaced their franchise quarter
. >> john brennan for direct of the central intelligence agency. >> while i consider myself neither a republican or democrat democrat. >> brennan has a little bit of baggage to become c.i.a. >> i think the president likes the idea of an antagonistic nomination. >> he chose petraeus because he resigned in the wake of the sex scandal into well, as you saw chuck hagel former republican senator from nebraska, nominated to be secretary of defense today by the president himself. let's watch. >> obama: chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an an american patriot. he volunteered for the army and vietnam. he represents the bipartisanship that we need more of in washington. for his independence and commitment to consensus he has earned the respect of national security and military leaders republicans and democrats including me. in the senate i came to admire his courage and judgment, his willingness to speak his mind even if it wasn't popular. >> cenk: get a load of that. he is a republican, but the people opposed to him are republicans. of course. let's bring in michael s
counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> president obama said hagel, a republican, quote, represents a bipartisan tradition that we need more of in washington. but of course republicans on the hill are panning this pick. and some democrats as well have some concerns. critics charge that hagel's support of israel has been lacking, and that he has not been tough enough on iran. they point to his comments, once describing apac, the leading pro-israel lobby, as the jewish lobby. and also to his lack support for unilateral sanctions against iran. but here at the white house, they're pointing to his support for sanctions from the u.s. as well as its allies, together, forming sanctions against iran. this is something president obama referenced today in the east room. >> he understands that america stands strongest when we stand with allies. and with friends. as a successful
melissa francis. chuck hagel and john brennan. we will bring you the president's remarks. lori: the dow is down 81 points. ten points off session lows. i'll call it gets set to kick off fourth quarter earnings season tomorrow. melissa: is washington in need of a new perspective? are you ready for some football? the title up for grabs. do you know who is playing? melissa: sure. i have a lot of notre dame friends that are at the game. lori: do you know the point spread? as we do every 15 minutes, it is back to the floor of the new york stock exchange. nicole: let's take a look at the major market averages. we did it a five-year high on the s&p 500. we are pulling back here. the dow jones industrials down about 80 points right now. there has been selling across the board from sector to sector for the most part, it has been selling across the board. bank of america is one of the banks. they will pay $3.6 billion over to fannie mae. part of that is that bank of america will actually do some repurchasing. $6.7 billion that were spilled over to fannie mae. it is a done deal. we did see them hi
.i.a., jane harman will take your questions about john brennan. we'll look at the nomination of former senator chuck hagel to be defense secretary and then frank oliveri and then the center for new american security to talk about the relations between u.s. and afghanistan. "washington journal" live on c-span at 7:00 a.m. eastern. >> i think that that minds of the founding fathers is particularly dangerous because as i say, they were not a collective unit and presenting them as such tends to dramatically oversimplify the politics of the founding generation and comes to be used as a big batter ingram to beat people over the head which is unsound. , michael austin on what he calls the deep conservative flaws. he shares his views with david on book tv "after words" on c-span 2. >> a discussion on the role of capitalism by the chief executive. this this event is on the world outlook. >> it is my pleasure to welcome the chief executive of e.l. rothschild to join me for our discussion about capitalism in the world in 2013. apart from being chief executive of e. l. rothschild, you are also co-chair of
or intelligence community within washington. that was a gentleman who overruled him john brennan, in fact, is the one who came up with the recommendation that it wasn't a spontaneous attack. >> cenk: let's fire john brennan. agreed deal. by the way where is john brennan going? head of the c.i.a. why isn't he in front of them? he's the one who apparently made it political based on that reporting. >> and it might not have been political. you know, brennan is dealing with, you know, there are 16,000 or 17,000 agencies. they're seeing other feeds. you know, i think blaming secretary clinton for that was very strange. literally, rice was just going off the talking points she was given. there was no cover up or intent to deceive. >> cenk: one last thing. i want to talk about the politics of this for a second. congressman duncan from south carolina. this is what he said. >> you let the consulate become a deathtrap. you said you would take responsibility. what does responsibility mean, madam secretary. you're still in your job. and there are four people that have culpability in this, and they sti
obama officially nominated john brennan to the director of the cia, succeeding retired general david petraeus, who resigned. nickname the assassination czar, brennan was the first obama administration official to publicly confirm drone attacks overseas and to defend their legality. four years ago, john brennan was rumored pick for the cia job when obama was first elected but was forced to withdraw from consideration amid protests over his role at the cia under the bush in ministration. obama also officially nominated chuck hagel to head defense and john kerry to become secretary of state on monday. joining us here in park city, utah, is jeremy scahill, national security correspondent for the nation magazine. he is featured in and co-wrote the new documentary, "dirty wars: the world is a battlefield." book with thest same title is due out in april. we're also joined by the director of the film, rick rowley, independent journalist with big noise films. the film premiered here at the sundance film festival in the u.s. documentary competition section. when we flew in a salt lake city las
nominates chuck hagel to be defense secretary and john brennan to head the cia. later, our 2005 interview with then senator chuck hagel. on washington journal tomorrow morning, we will focus on president obama buz the 33w.uncement for his nominate we will look at the nomination of center chuck hegel to be defense secretary. we'll talk about relations between the u.s. and afghanistan and afghan president karzai is a visit to washington this week. >> i think that collectivization of the minds of america's founding fathers is particularly dangerous, because as i say so often in the book, there were not a technical group. presenting them as such tends to dramatically oversimplify politics of the founding generation, the minute it comes to be used as a big barogram to hit people over the head with, in ways that are -- becomes a big battering ram. >> michael austin on what he calls the deep, historical flaws by conservative commentators. he shares his views with david fontana, sunday at 9:00 p.m. and midnight eastern on c-span2. >> next, a discussion on the role of capitalism with len rothschil
john brennan to be director of the centralen intelligence agency. the president had earlier nominated john kerry to be secretary of state. hagel faces at least some opposition by both democrats and fellow republicans. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight.an major? >> reporter: scott, the president know there is a fight ahead but he's willing to wage in the part because he believes now is the time for a secretary of defense who knows what combat is like up close and what the wounded experience when the war t is over.ex not only did senator hagel volunteer for combat duty in vietnam, he was awarded two purple hearts. >> he'd be the first person ofe enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretarys who've been wounded in war and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. >> reporter: to quiet complaints by democrats that hagel is a t republican, mr. obama secured o endorsements from his outgoingrs defense secretary leon panetta and top counterterrorism advisor john brennan also nominated as director of the c.i.a.re >> chuck hagel is a patriot
the best in chuck hagel, john brennan, and senator kerry and that as the president looks to fill these other positions, finding the best is what will guide him. wolf? >> the president also has an important visit with the afghan president hamid karzai. what do they hope to accomplish? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. they will have a bilateral meeting. you can already see the flag of afghanistan flying over the blair house. that is where he will be staying while here in washington. we're told by white house aides that they will be talking about security, political and the economic transition. that, of course, is very key as the u.s. looks to 2014 to withdrawing from afghanistan. they will be talking about what the u.s. footprint will look like in afghanistan after 2014. they will have their bilateral meeting and also a working lunch and then a joint press conference, wolf. >> we'll be watching that. thanks very much, dan lothian. >>> all right. this just coming in to "the situation room." new photos of a retired fbi agent who's been missing since 2007. robert levin son's family re
nominated counterterrorism expert at the white house john brennan. we'll talk about both of them with david sanger of the "new york times" and mark halperin of "time" magazine. >> both mr. brennan and chuck hagel are coming in at exactly the moment when the light footprint strategy has begun to hit some real resistance. the u.s. has not figured out how to intervene in syria in an effective way. it's obviously run into some difficulties in the end of its cyber campaign for now in iran or at least we think it has. so the question is whether or not these two men working together can sort of forge some very new and different ways. >> one of the reasons people have liked chuck hagel over the years, a lot of reasons reporters like him, a lot of reasons his supporters like him is he's a free-speaking guy. he's iconoclastic. he's willing to say things and think about things in a way that's outside not just party orthodoxy but out of the mainstream foreign policy establishment. >> rose: we conclude with a conversation about politics and economics and debt ceilings and fiscal cliffs and sequestration
and rendition techniques under the obama administration in light of this week's nomination of john brennan as director of the cia. brennan, who is currently obama's top counter-terrorism adviser, withdrew from consideration for the same position in 2008 amidst protests over his role of the agency under george w. bush. brennan had publicly supported the cia's policies of so-called enhanced to arrogation techniques and assure their rendition. -- enhanced interrogation techniques and extraordinary rendition. on the front of a for the christmas long weekend, three european men of somali descent appeared briefly in newcourtroo. two were from sweden, the third man was a longtime resident of britain. their whereabouts have been unknown for months. according to the washington post, the men were arrested in the east african country of djibouti on a "murky pretext" in august. there then questioned by u.s. interrogators before secretly being indicted by a u.s. grand jury and flown to the u.s. for trial. >> the men are accused of supporting the al-shabab militia, which the u.s. considers a terrorist g
is being considered. they are settling on john brennan, the chief counterterrorism advisor to the president. he has been very close to the president the past four years. he is the white house choice to replace david petraeus. brennan will face serious questions about his role in the cia enhanced teartation techniques program, other controversial bush era programs. this is the reason brennan with drew his name as possible cia director in 2008. brennan has been noticeably absent of any public discussions about benghazi which he is likely to face tough scrutiny, bill. bill: a lot of questions. jennifer, thank you. we await the announcement from the north lawn there. martha has more. martha: as jennifer was just reporting hagel is drawing controversyal attention in terms of votes and statements he made in the past. he was one of only two senators to vote against the iran-libya sanctions act in 2001 arguing it would undercut efforts he felt to engage with tehran. mr. hagel also raised some eyebrows with comments he made in 1999 explaining his opposition to lifting the ban on gays and lesbians se
hagel. he chose counterterrorism advisor john brennan to head the c.i.a.. >> chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an american patriot, he enlisted in the army and volunteered for vietnam. as the young private and then sergeant he served with honor alongside his own brother. he'd be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries who've been wounded in war and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. a 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. god knows what our national security demands. intelligence that provides policymakers with the facts, strong analytic insights and the keen understanding of a dynamic world. given his extensive experience and travel which is include, by the way, traveling through arabian peninsula where he camped with tribesmen in the desert john has an invaluable perspective on the forces, the history, the culture, the politics, the economics, the desire for human dig anyty driving so much of the changes in today's world. >> rose: joining me now for a conversation about the president's announcement,
to answer questions about past comments he made about israel and gays. and john brennan picked to lead the c.i.a. will have to answer questions to link to enhanced interrogation techniques during the bush administration. jeff sessions and others coming out against jack lew for treasury-secretary. sessions says he believes lew 2010 budget testimony before congress was, quote, the most colossal misrepresentation in history. listen. >> i just had one vote on it. i do think the senate needs to push back against this idea that people can come before our committee and say anything they want to inaccurately and two years later want to be promoted to a higher office in our country really in the world. the secretary of treasury and we shouldn't treat that lightly. he needs to be held to account in my opinion. >> arthel: in order to get these nominees appointed, will president obama l have on to expend a lot of capital? former outreach director for john mckay and christy is director of new heights communications. good to see both of you. christy, i'm going to start with you today. should the senate ch
thing that chuck hagel does have in common with john kerry and john brennan and jack lew, the president's last four appointees is all four white males an the president is getting some flack about that. maureen dowd wrote an blistering column in "the new york times." we are talking issues of the day here, chuck hagel, diversity in the president's cabinet and other issues with eric byrnes from bull fight strategies. invite you to join the conversation at any time at 866-55-press, and peter will follow your comments on twitter and facebook. we will be right back. >> this is the full court press, "the bill press show" live on your radio and on current tv. [ music ] joy behar. >> on my next show i'll talk to the actress who taught me if you don't have something wise ass to say, don't say anything. the great valerie harper on say anything. follow your comments on twitter [ music ] >> radio meets television "the bill press show," now on current tv. . >> all right. 26 minutes after the hour. eric burns here in studio as a friend of bill this hour. we are tal
for secretary of defense and john brennan for director of the central intelligence agency. >> republicans are spoiling for a fight, so they just want to pick a fight. >> quite frankly, chuck hague sel out of the mainstream thinking on most issues regarding foreign policy. >> chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an american patriot. >> they just want to pick a fight. >> if hagel is nominated, it's very difficult to imagine a circumstance in which i can support his confirmation. >> i think it would be a lot of tough questions. >> one of the few secretaries who had been wounded in a war, and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. >> this is an in your face nomination by the president. >> with chuck our troops will always know, just like sergeant hagel was there for his own brother, secretary hagel will be there for you. ♪ >> referee: we begin on a busy monday afternoon in washington, and the president has dared republicans to make good on their threats to oppose his nomination for defense secretary. chuck hagel is the leader our troops deserve said the presid
to mention is john brennan. john brennan is going to be nominated to head the cia probably today. brennan is very close to the president. i'm told that if there's one person he relies on in the most secret inner debates, it's john brennan who's been his chief counterterrorism and intelligence adviser. john brennan is going to go over to run the cia. in the three branches, he'll have people who were his people. you couldn't say that about gates. he couldn't say that about secretary clinton. and now have that team. and i think that's, again, don't think entirely about the fight ahead. think about what he's trying to accomplish with this group. why he wants them. >> that is the question.brennan goes as planned. what would that mean for the direction of u.s. foreign policy and the president's foreign policy doctrine, and how would it differ from the first four years? >> what that tells you, i think, mika, is this president is serious about completing this process of withdrawal of u.s. troops. kerry and hagel have both spoken very forcefully about ending the combat role in afghanistan. it rein
-terrorism chief john brennan for cia director. controversy surrounds hagel because of opposition to troop surges in iraq and afghanistan, and some of his positions on israel. the president cited one main reason for both of his picks. >> my number one criteria in making these decisions was simple, who is going to do the best job in securing america? these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i'm confident they will do an outstanding job. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible so we can keep our nation secure and the american people safe. >> now, there's something to be said for how a president picks cabinet nominees, cabinet secretaries, in his second term. let's bring in author and presidential historian, douglas brinkley, professor of history, fellow at rice university and author of a thousand books, last i checked. thank you for being with us. as you just heard, the president wanted to be seen as tough, particularly as tough on terrorism, these two men seem to fit the bill. what's the issue about the president appointing just anybody he wants? why is
of israel. but hagel's confirmation, george, as you know, is not guaranteed. >> not at all. john brennan, replacing david petraeus, he's been the president's closest adviser on counterterrorism. at the heart of that hunt for osama bin laden. also, likely to face questions about the president's drone warfare program. >> reporter: exactly those kinds of questions and some enhanced interrogation questions. he's very close to the president. he was right there next to obama when osama bin laden was killed. he, of course, replaces david petraeus, because he resigned in the wake of the sex scandal. >> okay, martha raddatz, thank you so much. >>> and, george, now to what is the earliest and most intense flu outbreak in a decade. as we told you, 41 states reporting cases. 18 children have died. and the flu season is just getting started. dr. richard besser joins us with what you need to know. good morning, rich. >> good morning. i've been talking to the cdc about this. this outbreak really has them concerned. although the season is early, it's not too late to get some protection from the vaccine.
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says he may put a hold on the president's nomination to head up the c.i.a., john brennan, in an effort to get more questionsanswered. questions like why did the president's u.s.a. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice, go on tv in the days after attack and say it was a response to a video, not a terror attack? republican senator lindsay graham says -- quote -- "i do not believe we should confirm anyone as director of the c.i.a. until our questions are answered. like who changed the ambassador susan rice's talking points and deleted the references to al qaeda. my support for a delay in confirmation is not directed at mr. brennan but is an unfortunate yet necessary action to get information from this administration." senator graham says he's been told various accounts about who changed the talking points for ambassador rice. he's been told it was the director of national intelligence, the f.b.i., the c.i.a. but says -- quote -- "this ever-changing story should be resolved." back to you guys in new york. brian, do you think he'll be out for a year? >>brian: we're going to find out
security advisor john brennan about this. president later said during a television interview that was quote the worst day of his presidency. >> another point an moment captured by the white house president obama present add purple heart hours after he was hit by aneurysm ed in afghanistan. improvised explosive did he advice. haig seems to be asleep or unconscious. president white period and with eyes still closed sergeant haig as you see here reached his hand out to shake with the president. very dramatic. >> controversial new movie open today's about the hunt for osama bin laden. senate intelligence committee wants answers about the making of zero dark 30 and protestors in the bay area are worried that the film sends the wrong message. more now from 7 news reporter mark matthews. movie zero cashing 30 business the hunt for osama bin laden. it is obviously based on true story. narrative strongly suggests that cia water boarding of prisoners is what led to the killing of bin lade laden. outside the amc 16 emeryville members of the world can't wait amnesty internation
presidential advisor john brennan gave a speech. the united states government conducts targeted strikes against specific al qaeda terrorists sometimes using remotely piloted aircraft, often referred to publicly as drones. narrator: he was met with a strong reaction. ...hundreds of innocent people we are killing with our drone strikes in pakistan and in yemen and somalia. they deserve an apology from you, mr. brennan. i speak out on behalf of the constitution, on behalf of the rule law. i love the rule of law. i love my country. you're making us less safe by killing so many innocent people around the world. shame on you! benjamin: thank you. nawaz: it's very critical that the u.s. public understand what is happening with the use of this technology because it is being done in the name of the united states. narrator: drone technology enables america to strike virtually anyone anywhere, with ease, regardless of national boundaries. singer: we've seen the deep controversy that surrounds these strikes in places like pakistan, or yemen, or somalia and a whole new series of
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